Hodgson earns Rooney praise

10 October 2013 09:01

Wayne Rooney enjoys working with Roy Hodgson more than any other England manager.

Handed his debut by Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2003, Rooney has also starred under Steve McClaren and Fabio Capello during an England career that will extend to 85 caps when he plays in Friday night's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley.

And he has no hesitation in declaring his 11 games under Hodgson to be the most enjoyable.

"It is probably the most I've enjoyed working with any England manager," said Rooney. "I feel he's going to take us to the World Cup."

It is a welcome show of appreciation for Hodgson ahead of the games likely to define his tenure given Tuesday's encounter with Poland is the last of a 10-match qualifying campaign.

And Harry Redknapp has not exactly helped matters with his acerbic observations, stating: "I wouldn't trust the FA to show me a good manager if their lives depended on it."

Rooney was among those who leapt aboard the Redknapp bandwagon when it began rolling immediately after Capello's exit.

The 27-year-old now admits that was a mistake.

"At the time Harry was doing a tremendous job for Tottenham," said Rooney.

"I remember tweeting about it; Harry Redknapp for England. Everyone thought Harry was nailed on.

Source: PA